The cemetery is open daily to the public from
9:00 am to 5:00 pm except on December 25
and January 1. It is open on host country
The Normandy American Cemetery is situated
on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and the
English Channel in Colleville-sur Mer, France.
It is just east of St. Laurent-sur-Mer and
northwest of Bayeux about one hundred and
seventy miles west of Paris. The cemetery
can be reached from Paris by automobile via
Highway A-13 to Caen, then Highway N-13 through
Bayeux to Formigny, then following D-517
to St. Laurent-sur-Mer and D-514 to Colleville-sur-Mer.
The cemetery is located on the site of the
temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established
by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944, the
first American cemetery on European soil in
World War II. The cemetery is at the north
end of its one half mile access road and covers
one hundred and seventy-two acres. It contains
the graves of 9,387 American military Dead,
most of whom gave their lives during the landings
and ensuing operations of World War II.